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Hillary Baldwin Waugh


An American mystery and crime writer, he’s known for such works as Madam WON’T Dine Tonight and Last Seen Wearing. He became a Secret Authors of America Grand Grasp in 1989. After graduating from Yale University or college in 1942, he offered in america Navy Air flow Corps and spent 2 yrs in Panama. He released over thirty-five detective books. He was raised in New Haven, Connecticut. Along with his wife, Diana Taylor, he previously three kids. He and Michael Connelly had been both members from the Mystery Authors of America association.

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Date Of Birth June 22, 1920
Place Of Birth Connecticut
Profession Novelist
Education Yale University
Nationality American
Awards Edgar Grand Master Award
Nominations Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical
Star Sign Cancer

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1 Was awarded the Mystery Writers of America's "Grand Master" award in 1989, given for lifetime achievement, consistent quality, and contributions to the mystery genre.
2 His 1952 book, "Last Seen Wearing," is regarded as a classic in the police procedural genre. It is considered to be one of the 100 best mystery novels ever written by many, including the London Sunday Times (1957), the Mystery Writers of America (1995), and the Crime Writers' Association (1990), who ranked it 12th, midway between Dashiell Hammett's "The Long Goodbye" (#10) and Raymond Chandler's "The Maltese Falcon" (#15).
3 He used his native Connecticut as a setting for many of his novels, changing the names of real towns slightly.
4 His hobbies included boxing, badminton, song writing, and drawing newspaper cartoons.
5 He was an aviator in the US Navy during World War II.
6 He graduated from Yale in 1942.
7 Spent most of his life in Connecticut, except for some time in New York and Europe.
8 One of the pioneers of the "police procedural" subgenre of detective fiction and creator of the characters Sheridan Wesley, Fred Fellows (chief of police), David Halliday, Frank Sessions (homicide detective), and Simon Kaye (ex-cop private investigator).
9 A president of the Mystery Writers of America.



Detective 1968-1969 TV Series novel - 2 episodes
Jigsaw 1962 novel "Sleep Long, My Love"
The Unforeseen 1960 TV Series script - 1 episode

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1 I was tired of reading about these super-detectives and a police force composed of a bunch of bumbling idiots. I wanted to get away from the neat little corpses with the perfect bullet through the head, and instead write a story as it really happened. (from a 1990 interview with the New York Times)

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